Child dedication is a commitment to cooperate with God's purposes.
Being a lifelong friend is a lifelong adventure, and God sovereignly lays a solid foundation for the relationship He longs to have with your child. He does this even before your child is born (Ephesians 1:4-6). King David was in awe of the loving hand of the Father seen in the development of every person:
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth." (Psalm 139:13-16)
God's ultimate goal is to continue to develop and shape your child into the likeness of Jesus (Romans 8:29).
In the Child Dedication Service, parents and the church community - together - make a personal and public commitment to cooperate with God's loving purposes to raise the child according to God's biblical design.
As a parent, be a role model for what you want to develop in your child. Prayerfully saturate your child in God's Word and Spirit. Model a commitment to serving the church community. Live a life dedicated to following Jesus in the power of the Spirit. As your child grows and develops in this environment, he or she will be better prepared to hear the gospel and follow Jesus as an adult.
We can never guarantee an easy life for our children, but we can always offer them the hope, healing, and transforming love found in Jesus.